Crysis 2

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Crysis 2
Crysis 2.jpg
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Publishers
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Release dates
Windows
March 22, 2011
Crysis 2 at Steam Charts
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 Crysis 2 at Wikipedia
Crysis
Crysis 2007
Crysis: Warhead 2008
Crysis 2 2011
Crysis 3 2013

General information

More information Crysis Website
More information MyCrysis Forums
More information Crysis Wiki - A wiki for everything Crysis related
More information Steam Community Discussions
More information Steam Users' Forums for game series

Availability[edit]

Source(s) Store unlock Notes
Amazon.com Origin.png Maximum Edition
Origin Origin.png Maximum Edition
Steam Steamicon.png Maximum Edition

Essential improvements[edit]

Skip intro videos[edit]

Fix Skip intro videos by editing a config fileLink

Information Crysis 2 startup videos are unskippable, but can be turned off by editing a config file.
  1. Locate system.cfg or create autoexec.cfg in the installation folder. Either file will work.
  2. Add g_skipintro = 1 line to either of the files.

Patches[edit]

Patch 1.9 prepares Crysis 2 for DX11 features and high-resolution textures. Each need to be downloaded and installed separately from the 1.9 patch.

DirectX 11 Ultra Upgrade[edit]

Features[edit]

With this package the following DX11 exclusive features will be activated

  • Tessellation + Displacement Mapping
  • Realistic Shadows with Variable Penumbra
  • High Quality HDR Motion Blur
  • Sprite Based Bokeh Depth of Field
  • Parallax Occlusion Mapping
  • Particles Motion Blur, Shadows and Art Updates
  • Water Rendering improvements and using Tessellation + Displacement Mapping

Requirements[edit]

  • DX11 compatible graphics card with 768 MB Video Memory
  • 545 MB HD space
Download[edit]

The DirectX 11 Ultra Upgrade can be downloaded here.

High-Resolution Textures[edit]

Features[edit]

The High-Resolution Texture Pack doubles the fidelity of many of the games art assets.

Requirements[edit]

  • 64-Bit Operating System
  • DX9 compatible graphics card with 768 MB Video Memory
Download[edit]

The High-Res Texture Pack can be downloaded here.

NTCore 4GB Patch[edit]

Advantage Crysis 2 is very memory intensive. This app improves performance for Crysis 2 on 64-bit Windows systems with more than 2GB RAM by allowing it to access up to 4GB RAM.

Modifications[edit]

BlackFire's Mod 2 and MaLDo HD Textures[edit]

For those who truly want to push Crysis 2's graphical fidelity to its limits, BlackFire's Mod 2 and MaLDo HD serves their needs. A step by step list of instructions is available at this forum post over at Crydev.net [1].

Game data[edit]

In-game general settings.

Configuration file(s) location[edit]

  Location 
Windows <path-to-game>\*.cfg

Save game data location[edit]

  Location 
Windows %USERPROFILE%\Saved Games\Crysis2\SaveGames\

Save game cloud syncing[edit]

System Native Notes
Origin Native
Steam Cloud Impossible
GameSave Manager Native

Video settings[edit]

In-game general graphics settings.
In-game advanced graphics settings.
Graphics option Option WSGF Notes
Widescreen resolution Native WSGF WS Silver.png
Multi-monitor Native WSGF MM Silver.png
Ultra-widescreen Native WSGF UW Silver.png
Field of view (FOV) Hackable See Field of view (FOV).
Windowed Native
Borderless fullscreen windowed Hackable See Borderless fullscreen windowed.
Anisotropic filtering (AF) Unknown
Anti-aliasing (AA) Unknown
Vertical sync (Vsync) Native
High frame rate Native

Field of view (FOV)[edit]

Fix Field of view (FOV)Link

  1. Open console with tilde key ~.
  2. Enter con_restricted = 0 to enable all console commands.
  3. Enter cl_fov = XX where XX is you desired field of view.
  4. Enter r_drawnearfov = XX where XX is you desired field of view (Weapons FOV Only). Only for this entry, you must enter this command every time the game loads a level, otherwise the value is reset to default.
Information Crysis is using vertical field of view with 55 as default. Use FoV Calculator to calculate your desired horizontal field of view.

Fix Field of view (FOV) - permanent solutionLink

  1. Open up notepad or your chosen text editor.
  2. Create a new file and add the following lines:
    cl_fov = XX
    pl_movement.power_sprint_targetFov = XX
  3. Save the file as autoexec.cfg in your Crysis 2 folder (default: C:\Program Files (x86)\Electronic Arts\Crytek\Crysis 2)

Borderless fullscreen windowed[edit]

Fix Borderless fullscreen windowedLink

  1. Set the game to run in windowed mode to the resolution you want
  2. Download Fullscreenizer[1]
  3. Run Fullscreenizer and select the Crysis 2 window
  4. Press Fullscreenize and enjoy the game
Information Note that while the game runs fine, the in-game GUI mouse cursor (used in the menus) will believe that the game is running in the resolution the window initially was (even if you use the same resolution as the desktop the window will be a big smaller). This makes buttons and other GUI elements in the menus to not be highlighted or clicked when the real mouse cursor is over them but they will have a small (or big, depending on the resolution you set in game) difference. Fortunately the menu is fully usable with the keyboard (and it is not a big issue if you try to force the same resolution as your desktop).

Input settings[edit]

In-game key map settings.
In-game general gamepad settings.
In-game gamepad layout settings for the player.
In-game gamepad layout settings for vehicles.
Keyboard and mouse Native Notes
Remapping Native
Mouse acceleration Native
Mouse input in menus Native
Mouse Y-axis inversion Native
Controller
Controller support Native Xbox 360 Controllers only.
Full controller support Native
Controller remapping Impossible Can only switch between pre-set layouts.
Controller Y-axis inversion Native

Audio settings[edit]

In-game audio settings.
Audio options Native Notes
Separate volume controls Native
Surround sound Native 7.1
Subtitles Native
Closed captions Impossible
Mute on focus lost Native

Issues unresolved[edit]

Statistic screen[edit]

The statistic-screen in the menu displays that 13 weapon-attachments are findable in single-player but in fact there are only 12. Therefore it is not possible to achieve "100%".

Issues fixed[edit]

Extreme lag while using Nvidia video card[edit]

Fix Extreme lag while using Nvidia video cardLink

When playing Crysis 2 on a fast Nvidia card (GTX 560 Ti and possibly on faster cards as well), there can be an extreme and unexpected lag regardless of single player or multiplayer campaign. This is very noticeable while navigating the menu, something that should be instantaneous and direct. If you experience this lag, try switching to windowed mode (Alt+ Enter). If this lag now disappears and gameplay is suddenly fast again, the solution is this:

  1. Open the Nvidia Control Panel program
  2. Go to Display > Adjust desktop size and position
  3. If necessary, for step 1, select your main display
  4. At step 2, view the Scaling tab
  5. Select No scaling
  6. Select Perform scaling on: Display
Make sure your display is capable of scaling the game resolution to its native resolution, if you like to game at weird resolutions. GPU scaling is very useful but under Crysis 2, it introduces an extreme form of lag. Now, play Crysis 2 and see if you notice the difference.

Crash to Desktop at Startup[edit]

Fix Crash to Desktop at StartupLink

the game will freeze up and crash to the desktop without any errors

  • Disable 'Lucid Vitru MVP Pro 2.0'
  • This fix probably works with previous versions of Lucid's software.

External TV locked at 24 Hz[edit]

Fix External TV locked at 24hzLink

If you use an external TV as a monitor to player Crysis 2 you may encounter a bug where the game always uses a 24Hz mode on the TV, resulting in a laggy frame rate. Sadly there is no official fix for this issue.

One way to play the game in fullscreen is to force borderless fullscreen windowed mode.

Alternatively you can create a custom resolution with a few less horizontal pixels which should force the display into 60Hz mode. For example, if you are running at 1080p using an Nvidia card:

  1. Open Nvidia Control Panel
  2. Go to Display > Change Resolution
  3. Click Customize
  4. Click Create Custom Resolution
  5. Change Horizontal pixels to 1916
  6. Leave Vertical lines at 1080
  7. Click Test and apply your settings if successful
  8. In Crysis 2, select your new resolution (1916x1080) and apply
  9. Your display should switch to 1920x1080@60Hz.

Fix Forcing refresh rate via DirectX registry entries.Link

  1. Open the Registry Editor:
    • Vista and newer: open the Start screen/Start menu, type regedit, press Enter.
    • Windows XP: press Win+R, type regedit, press Enter.
  2. Go to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\DirectDraw
  3. Create DWORD entry "ForceRefreshRate" and change its DECIMAL value to the refresh rate of your monitor.
  4. 64-bit users will need to do this at HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Wow6432Node\Microsoft\DirectDraw as well.
  5. This will force DirectX games to run in your monitor's refresh rate.

System requirements[edit]

Windows
Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) XP 7
Processor (CPU) 2 GHz Core 2 Duo / AMD Athlon 64 X2 CPU 2.66 GHz Core 2 Duo / AMD Athlon 64 X2 CPU
System memory (RAM) 2 GB 3 GB
Hard disk drive (HDD)
9 GB
Video card (GPU) GeForce 8800 GS
Radeon HD 3800 series
GeForce GTX 280
Radeon HD 4870

References

  1. (other tools may work, but I made this after trying a couple of others without success)